Galaxy Group ft Rich Medina
(SLAP056) Lady Harlem
Vocals: Rich Medina
Keys: Darwin Noguera
Flute: Alex Murzyn
Sax: Alex Murzyn
Galaxy Group continues its string of evocative, top quality house music releases on Loveslap! Recordings with “Lady Harlem,” featuring the spoken vocal of the legendary Rich Medina. Galaxy Group, the collaborative project of DJs Charles Spencer and Antoine Green (Capitol A), originally formed from a chance meeting on San Francisco’s Haight Street. The duo quickly made their mark with a remix for Capitol A’s big tune “Serve It Up” on the Sonar Kollektiv label and haven’t looked back. With releases like “Out Of Control,” “Afrodiziak,” and “Back2U” Galaxy Group have graced many DJ’s sets with their trademark brand of deep house mixed with broken beat, hip hop, and jazz influences.
On the latest, Philadelphia’s famed wax-slinger Rich Medina joins Galaxy Group for the soulful “Lady Harlem,” featuring an understated afro-house rhythm blanketing Rich’s expressive story of the song’s eponymous lead. Ringing electric pianos, a tuneful saxophone motif, and tasteful percussion embellishments combine to make “Lady Harlem” a definite late night treat. The first of a pair of remixes comes courtesy of Detroit’s Mike ‘Agent X’ Clark whose Strictly Beatdown Remix adds even more layers of percussion that ebb and flow in intensity with Medina’s spoken tale. The arrangement is sparse, as a looping bass line and the horn section provide the sole melody, leaving the vocal’s interaction with the rhythm track as the focus. Ocha Records’ Casamena follows with his Deep Mix, giving “Lady Harlem” a hypnotic afro-bounce through its distintive, pushing beat. Syncopated guitar plucks and repeating, pulsing keys further mesmerize while providing some subtle dynamics in between Medina’s words.
Galaxy Group’s “Lady Harlem” is sure to thrill dance floors and die-hard ‘house heads’ alike with its warm, stirring production and Rich Medina’s throught-provoking verse. Dig in deep with Galaxy Group, and stay close for more upcoming releases on Loveslap! Recordings.